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Appointment as Secretary of FIDE Trainers' Commission

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GM Master Class Series

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Makati FIDE Trainer Seminar

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We have two Malaysians playing at the Asian Continental Championships 2018

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The Penang Open has now found it's place in Malaysian chess.

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World Youth U-16 Olympiad: Uzbekistan are the Champions, Malaysia is in 23rd place!

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Special Pricing for ChessBase 15

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Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines are entitled for special pricing on ChessBase products with our special arrangement with Chessbase India.

We are happy to announce the following options for those interested in ChessBase 15 with the prices all in USD:

USDChessBase 1560ChessBase 14 to 15 Upgrade55Mega Database 201990Mega Database 2019 upgrade (valid 2018 serial key required)40ChessBase 15 + Mega 2018 upgrade (Valid CB 14 + Mega 2018 key required)90ChessBase 15 + Mega Database 2019 Combo130ChessBase 15 Mega Pack (CB 15 + Mega 2019 + CB Account + CBM)160Big Database 201950ChessBase Account Premium ( 1 year)30

Please direct your orders to peterlong@aol.asia

Indian Chess School - The Consolidated Chess Course

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One Teacher/Student Manual and Six Workbooks. From Beginner to FIDE Rated 2000.

RM 250

Please direct your orders to peterlong@aol.asia

ChessBase Promotion/Special Pricing

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Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines are entitled for special pricing on ChessBase products with our special arrangement with ChessBase India.

We are happy to announce the following options for those interested in ChessBase 15 with the prices all in USD:

USDChessBase 1560ChessBase 14 to 15 Upgrade55Mega Database 201990Mega Database 2019 upgrade (valid 2018 serial key required)40ChessBase 15 + Mega 2018 upgrade (Valid CB 14 + Mega 2018 key required)90ChessBase 15 + Mega Database 2019 Combo130ChessBase 15 Mega Pack (CB 15 + Mega 2019 + CB Account + CBM)160Big Database 201950ChessBase Account Premium ( 1 year)30

Please direct your orders to peterlong@aol.asia

The Making of the World Girls U-10 Champion

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Final Report on Asian Seniors Championships 2018

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11th JAPFA Chess Festival 2018

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KLCA Team League

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Bangkok Chess Club Open, 6-14 April 2019

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"The 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open Chess Championships will take place 6–14 April 2019 at the Centara Grand Ladprao. Centara Grand is a luxury hotel close to Chatuchak Park and the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, easily accessible by Skytrain and MRT".
https://bangkokchess.com/

With imports, Australian chess gets even better...

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Asian Continental Championships in Manila from 9-19 December 2018

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Top 5 Play in the World Cup! The Woman Champion in the World Championship!
http://asianchess.com/news/asian-continental-open-and-womens-chess-championships-2018/

1st Thailand Pattaya Open Chess Championships 2018

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The inaugural Thailand Pattaya Open Chess Championship took place from 20-31 October 2018 and what a success it was!


Links to my reports for ChessBase India are below:

https://www.chessbase.in/news/Pattaya-Open-2018 and https://www.chessbase.in/news/Tran-Tuan-Minh-is-the-winner-of-the-first-Thailand-Pattaya-Open-Chess-Championship-2018

With the interview with organisers also published in the Asian Chess Federation website:

http://asianchess.com/interview/organiser-profile-interview-with-jarunpol-sajjapronthep-and-his-wife-phuttarak-khampliw/


Nothing but rave reviews from all present and best of all, it is confirmed that it will again take place from 18-27 October 2018. Book you dates now - I have and am certainly not missing it for anything.

Dato' Tan Chin Nam is No More

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The father of Malaysian chess, Dato' Tan Chin Nam, born 18 March 1926, has passed away on 21 October 2018 at 93 years of age in his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Since 1974 Dato' Tan had been at the helm of Malaysian chess - for many decades he the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation while also being its biggest patron - and from 1986 to 1990 also served as FIDE Deputy President for Asia and then from 1990-1994 as a member of the FIDE Executive Board.
Not many people today know that it was Dato' Tan who originated and introduced Rapid Chess to FIDE and to the chess world.
The FIDE and Asian events he brought to Malaysia are simply too many to list, and include a World Championship Match, Interzonals, World Youth U-16 Olympiad and numerous Zonals, the only one missing was perhaps the World Chess Olympiad, and even today it is because of his vision that we have the region leading Malaysian Chess Festival for 15 years now and still counting.
Dato' Tan was a man…

Malaysia, Round by Round in Batumi

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Malaysia is ranked 83rd in the World, and was seeded 107th at the Batumi Olympiad.

We finished 93rd (tied 82nd-101st with a group of 20 teams on 11 points, a 50 percent score).


R1: Loss: 0.5-3.5 vs Belarus, Europe/Ex-Soviet

R2: Draw: 2:2 vs Afghanistan, Asia/Middle East

R3: Win: 3-1 vs Kuwait, Asia/Middle East

R4: Loss: 1-3 vs Madagascar, Africa

R5: Win: 4-0 vs Saudi Arabia, Asia/Middle East

R6: Loss: 1-3 vs Mongolia, Asia

R7: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Libya, Africa/Middle East

R8: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Botswana. Africa

R9:  Loss: 1-3 vs Canada, Americas

R10: Loss: 0-4 vs Belgium. Europe

R11: Win: 3-1 vs Malawi, Africa

4th ASEAN Chess Championships (Open//Women) 2018

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4th ASEAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (OPEN/WOMEN) 2018



Regulations

1. Organization

Organized by the Myanmar Chess Federation under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Confederation.

2. Eligibility

Only players from the ASEAN member Federations can participate.
ASEAN Open Champion will be awarded a 9-game GM norm, in case of tie, up to first three will be given IM Title; similarly, 9-game WGM norm and WIM titles for women will be awarded.

3. Schedule
Subject to the number of players, the system shall be between 9 rounds Swiss / Round-robin.

20th December: Arrival
Technical Meeting at 20:00 hr.
21st December: Opening Ceremony - 09:00 hr.
Round 1 - 10:00 hr.
22nd December: Round 2 - 09:00 hr.; Round 3 - 16.00 hr.
23rd December: Round 4 - 14:00 hr.
24th December: Round 5 - 09:00 hr.; Round 6 - 16.00 hr.
25th December: Free Day
26th December: Round 7 - 14:00 hr.
27th December: Round 8 - 14:00 hr.
28th December: Round 9 - 09:00 hr.
Closing Ceremony - 16:00 hr.
29th December: Departure

4. Time Control and Fo…

Great Trainers at the Batumi Olympiad

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Training at the Batumi Olympiad

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The Facts!

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Last round luck. Will we hit the jackpot?

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With Four Rounds To Go...

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Men

With four rounds to go, Malaysia is in a large group of teams on 7 points and tied 79th to 104th.
Our actual current ranking of 86th outperforms our seeding of 107th with the team playing to their "real" ratings against opponents between 2100-2200, a level of competition we are used to.
The luck of the draw gives us Botswana next, a team seeded 116th which is even lower than we are.


Women
The Malaysian women came to the Olympiad ranked 68th and on 9 points, are now in a group 24th to 43rd.
Li Ting on top board and Nithya on last board are outperforming their ratings while the rest are playing to their normal level.
We play 76th ranked Tajikistan and with a win can break into the top group for the next round.

Top Malaysians - FIDE Rating List October 2018

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Once again we have the monthly ranking of our players according to FIDE (World Chess Federation) and it is particularly relevant given it is coming out during the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.
Why? Well, because its as indicative as it can be of the current level of the teams we have sent to participate in this global event that takes place every two years. 


Starting with the men, we can see that two are in the top ten, one is in the top twenty (or top fifteen if you prefer to measure like that), another is just outside the top twenty, and one who is not shown because he is not 2000+ is ranked 90th.


With the women is much easier to understand, all five are in the top ten including the first, second and third ranked.